Thousands of Texas A&M students write letters against racism

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) – Thousands of Texas A&M students have written letters disavowing racism in reaction to reports that minority high school students were taunted while visiting the university’s campus.

Organizers hope to send 10,000 handwritten letters to students from a public charter school in Dallas, Uplift Hampton Preparatory. Students from the school toured A&M last week.

Letter-writing stations were set up Monday on the College Station campus in the Student Government Association-supported effort against racism.

University officials are trying to determine which Aggie students may have shouted a racial slur and referenced the Confederate flag to the visitors on Feb. 9. Two black high school students say they were confronted.

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Student Body President Joseph Benigno said the letters are meant to show that A&M stands up for what’s right. University fraternity and sorority members wrote more than 6,000 letters.